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Looking Back: History and Memory of the Holocaust with Kari Hall

Studying history guides us to reach for a better version of ourselves. We all bear the weight of Holocaust education and must embrace that responsibility.

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About this class:

This is a 6-meeting virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Mondays Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 - 7-9 pm Central time.

Looking Back: History and Memory of the Holocaust is designed to explore what, when, why, how, and where the Holocaust took place, including the key historical events that culminated in the “Final Solution” implemented by the Nazi government. The goal of this course is to chronologically and thematically explore and analyze the complex factors contributing to the Holocaust, interpret the events of 1933-1945, and evaluate the continued impact of that genocide on modern society. Participants will read and discuss Olga Lengyel’s memoir Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz. Each week will be filled with personal accounts, survivor testimony, and primary sources that serve to unpack the historical impact of this era.

Instructor bio:

Kari Hall is in her 24th year teaching Social Studies and is an alum of The Olga Lengel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights in New York and currently serves as a teaching fellow for the National World War II Museum. She has been honored as a Gilder-Lehrman History Teacher of the Year, a James Madison Memorial Fellow, a VFW Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year and the 2023 Leo Weiss Courage to Teach Holocaust Educator Award given by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Sponsored in part by North Dakota Community Foundation.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota. However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally. Therefore our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University. To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

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